15 Enjoyable Outdoor Activities For Your Young Dog
Looking for things to do with your dog? Got a young pup with heaps of energy to burn off? Then you’ve come to the right place.
We’ve rounded up a bunch of amazing dog friendly activities; the ultimate go-to guide for how to have fun with your dog in the great outdoors. This paw-fect list of dog enrichment activities is a fantastic way to take the edge off a young dog, build an unbreakable bond and even level up your pooch’s skills!
With options for the backyard and beyond, these outdoor dog activities are a great way to spice up the daily routine, and try something new with your canine companion. Let’s dig in.
1. An Agility Course
One of the best backyard activities for dogs, inject some competitive edge into your coffee break with an agility course. You can get a few simple supplies like cones, a tunnel and a small jump online, or create them from whatever you have around you. Then… create yourself a course! Luring with treats is the best way to start, but before long you can build in hand signals and see if you can beat your fastest PR. Young dogs with oodles of energy will take to this like ducks to water….or dogs to fun tunnels.
2. A Doggy Picnic
If the sun is shining, why not have lunch at a new spot with your pooch. Pack some of their favorite foods, or a stuffed Kong, and some al-fresco options for yourself. You could even extend the invite to some other doggy pals and turn it into an extra-special playdate. Even better - perhaps there’s a doggy ice cream or two going spare?
3. Hike A National Park
America is blessed with breathtaking scenery, so why not make the most of it. Consider upping your gear game with a comfortable harness, or even a doggy rucksack so your pup can help carry the essentials: foldable water bowls, dog friendly sunscreen and maybe some booties for rougher ground. You’ll be able to take in the scenery together, and make memories to last a lifetime.
4. See A Drive In Movie
If your dog likes the TV, why not see if they fancy the latest action thriller? Bring some dog-friendly snacks, toys and a blanket and you are good to go. Many outdoor cinemas will let you park towards the side or the back, so you can get out and have a game of fetch if Fido needs a quick run around.
5. Go Camping
Great walks, river swims and watching the sunrise together. Your pooch will be your adventure sidekick, and hopefully won’t snore too much…
6. Canoeing or Paddle boarding
Like sticking their head out a car window….but better! Explore the great outdoors in a new way, with the breeze on your dog’s face. Some training will be required to help your pup feel comfortable on your raft of choice, but if they have a taste for adventure they’ll be ready in no time. Plus they can have a little swim if they fancy. Be sure to keep a life jacket on them and enjoy!
7. Take A Road Trip
Always wanted to explore the world with a great soundtrack and your best furry pal by your side? Why not take an epic road trip together. Explore amazing scenery and have the funnest of potty breaks. Plus, you can map out a route to try new diners and dog-friendly restaurants along the way. (P.S. your Potty Buddy makes a brilliant seat shield, you know, just in case.)
8. Train For A Fun Run
Why not raise some money for a good cause and give your young dog the exercise they’re always yearning for. Train together for a fun run, and you’ll both be lean mean running machines in no time. (Plus the best bit is the well-earned post run nap…)
9. See The Sights
Dogs can get so much out of a city trip. All the sounds, smells and activity can be a wonderful experience for a young dog getting to know the world around them. Apps like BringFido can give you the scoop on dog-friendly accommodation, restaurants and activities for your big city break too. The perfect place for those memorable selfies. Like!
10. Nose Work
Dog activities at home don’t get much better than nose work, especially if you are a proud parent to a hound. Put that incredible smelli-vision to good use and hide some tasty treats around your garden. Themed nose work is always a great idea too - maybe invite some furry friends over for an easter “egg” hunt, or a christmas “search” party.
11. Teach Frisbee
Fetch’s bigger & badder cousin, Frisbee is a fantastic way to bond with an agile young dog, while working their mind and body. Sometimes it takes a while for pups to get a hang of grasping the flat edge, so start with some tug of war first to help them grasp the idea, then roll the frisbee along the ground to see if they can grab it that way. Before long they’ll be jumping and catching like a pro. If your dog turns out to be a natural, why not enter some competitions like Sky Hounds?
12. Go Trick Or Treating
Looking for funny things to do with your dog? There’s nothing cuter than a Halloween parade. Don’t let the kids have all the fun; bring Fido along on your trick or treating and make the most of those fall leaf shenanigans.
13. Do Some Doga
Also known as Dog Yoga, why not see if your local area holds some Doga classes, or simply join a Youtube version at home. Your dog can socialize with other dogs, or simply share and enjoy the calming energy and stretching with you. Namaste.
14. Find A Breed Meetup
A quirky new way to socialize your dog, breed-specific meetups are a fun way to find new friends with something in common! Learn more about your pooch, their genetic heritage and what makes their kind so special. Plus, the similar activity levels in the group will mean lots of great playtime too.
15. Musical Canine Freestyle
We can think of nothing better than putting on our favorite song and teaching our dog some new tricks. In fact, we often hold these dance sessions here at PB HQ (just don’t tell the boss….!) Get the routine down for the next time you need a party trick, or just enjoy the company of your beloved furry pal. High five (or paw) to that.
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